Live Cinema/In The Round: Contemporary Art From The East Mediterranean

17 September 2010 - 13 February 2011

Live Cinema/In the Round: Contemporary Art from the East Mediterranean

Philadelphia Museum of Art is now showing Live Cinema/In the Round which features the works of Ziad Antar, Inci Eviner, Gülsün Karamustafa, Hassan Khan, Maha Maamoun, and Christodoulos Panayiotou, six artists from the Eastern Mediterranean who, in varying ways, explore how the moving image informs representations of reality. Responding to the ‘live’ reference used in the program title Live Cinema, video and sculptural works create a dialogue around the shift from the live performance of theater to the suspension of reality of cinema.

The title of the exhibition, In the Round, takes its cue from the practice of “theater in the round,” in which the audience surrounds the stage, allowing for a more intimate experience for the viewer and a more realistic performance from the actors. Inspired by this theatrical technique, the works in this exhibition are not simply projected on a two-dimensional plane; they surround the audience and also migrate to other galleries within the museum.

The Exhibition runs from September 17, 2010 – February 13, 2011

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